Top Ten Tuesday: KGMO (1550 AM/100.7 FM, Cape Girardeau, MO), 2/16/76

In the mid-1970’s, KGMO in Cape Girardeau, Missouri was broadcasting Top 40 music on both its AM and FM stations. Since then, KGMO-AM has become KAPE, broacasting news and talk on 1550 AM, while KGMO-FM broadcasts classic rock. Here’s their Top Ten from 45 years ago today…

# Song/Artist Comments
10 Love Me Tonight
Head East
Head East is from East Central Illinois, around the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. “Love Me Tonight”only reached #54 on the Hot 100, but they were a regional favorite.
9 Spirits In The Night
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band had particularly good luck with Bruce Springsteen covers, particularly their cover of “Blinded By The Light,” which topped the chart later in 1976. “Spirits In The Night” was the single that preceded “Blinded,” and it barely made the Hot 100, coming in at #97 in the US, while it did considerably better in Canada, where it reached #64, and #10 in The Netherlnds. They released a new version in 1977 and it reached #40 in the US.
8 Lonely Night (Angel Face)
Captain & Tennille
Daryl and Toni had another Top 10 hit with this Neil Sedaka song, which he did orginally. C&T came in at #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and made it to #1 in Canada.
7 Theme From SWAT
Rhythm Heritage
Rhythm Heritage was a disco-funk band made up of session musicians, led by keyboardist Michael Omartian. “Theme from SWAT” reached #1 on the Hot 100.
6 Junk Food Junkie
Larry Groce
Novelty records always do well, and this one gave Larry Groce his start. He went from this to recording four Children’s Favorites albums for Walt Disney Records. Since 1983 he’s been the host and artistic director for West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Mountain Stage, which is distributed by NPR. “Junk Food Junkie” reached the Top 10.
5 Dream Weaver
Gary Wright
Former member of Spooky Tooth Wright reached #2 on the Hot 100 with this song.
4 Slow Ride
A top 20 single in the US (#20) and Canada (#14).
3 I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford)
Elton John
From Elton’s album Rock of the Westies, part of double A side single with “Grow Some Funk Of Your Own.” It reached #14 in the US and #8 in Canada. Robert Ford was an American outlaw best known for assassinating Jesse James.
2 December 1963 (Oh What A Night)
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
One of the few Four Seasons hits not to feature Frankie Valli on lead vocals, which are sung instead by drummer Gerry Polci. Valli sings the bridge and background vocals, and bassist Don Ciccone sings the falsetto parts. It reached #1 in the US, Canada, and the UK in 1976.
1 Take It To The Limit
The third single from their 1975 album One Of These Nights, this reached #4 in the US and was their highest-rated single in the UK, reaching #12.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for February 16, 2021.

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: KGMO (1550 AM/100.7 FM, Cape Girardeau, MO), 2/16/76

  1. Later in 1976 I played Cape Girardeau with a magic show. Played it several times in the following years. Never listened to their radio station though.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


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